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Paris to Pittsburgh

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Funded by the Colcom Foundation, Paris to Pittsburgh offers two grants to help property and business owners make building façade improvements and establish outdoor cafés. The 50 percent matching grants are available to fund eligible projects that enliven the Golden Triangle streetscape using high-quality, pedestrian-oriented design elements.

Sidewalk Activation Grant

Inspired by the vibrant streets of Paris, the Paris to Pittsburgh Sidewalk Activation Grant encourages outdoor dining elements such as retractable awnings, tables and chairs, new lighting and landscaping. The project requires a 50 percent match and offers grants of up to $30,000.

Façade Grant

A 50 percent matching grant, the Façade Grant offers up to $30,000 to properties that are interested in façade improvements but are not adding an outdoor café or installing an operable storefront. Retail and service businesses are the ideal target candidates for this program.

Application and Guideline

Since the launch of Paris to Pittsburgh in early 2008, well over two million dollars has been invested to make buildings in the Golden Triangle more vibrant. The PDP regularly receives applications from property owners and merchants wanting to add some of the Paris to Pittsburgh panache to their facades. Interested parties are encouraged to download the Program Guidelines and Application and Paris to Pittsburgh Design Guidelines for more information.

Paris to Pittsburgh Program Guidelines and Application 

Paris to Pittsburgh Design Guidelines 


December 2016 Meeting Notice: The next advisory committee meeting will occur on 2/14/16 to consider applications received by 12/7/16. Any application not received by that date will be considered at the first meeting of 2017 which will occur on 1/25/17 with applications due by 1/18/17. 

Questions about Paris to Pittsburgh can be directed to Brian Kurtz, Director of Economic Development at (412) 566-4190 or via email.


To view before and after photos of all Paris to Pittsburgh projects, click here.

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